any modern power generation system, the O'Shaughnessy
Hydroelectric Plant is engineered to get the most out of its power
source. While the principle
of using water to make energy is not revolutionary, it is a remarkably
water, over 10,000 gallons a minute, enters a tunnel below a gatehouse on
Bridge. Debris is
screened out, so only uncluttered river water gets through.
This "fuel" travels down the tunnel, or penstock, at a
rapid pace. Just before it
enters a turbine it passes through the "wicket"
gates which rotate, giving the water more power to turn the turbine.
The action of the water in the turbine engages the electric
generator which sends electricity surging into power lines.
Water is discharged back into the Scioto
River below the dam.
Dam was built in the 1920's the City
of Columbus provided for the future.
The design included provisions for a hydroelectric
than 60 years later, the time was right to build one.
After feasibility studies were completed, plans were drawn and
construction began on the O'Shaughnessy
Hydro Plant. It was dedicated in 1987.
O'Shaughnessy Hydroelectric Plant was the first new hydroelectric
plant built in Ohio in 50 years, not counting the Ohio
River developments; certainly a progressive move by the City
plant is a joint venture by the Divisions
of Water and Electricity. Power
from two turbine generators using Scioto
River water is fed to Columbus
Southern Power electric lines for use by thousands of homes and
Natural Resources Wisely
great concept behind hydro power is using a recyclable resource…..river
water, to provide a useful consumer product…..electricity.
Unlike other energy sources, such as coal or natural gas, the river
water is a re-useable
resource. In fact, the water
leaves cleaner than when it came into the plant. Fishermen can often be seen outside the plant.
reliable service is our policy. Whether
you're already one of our customers or would like more information about
services offered by the City
of Columbus, Division of Electricity, we're here to answer your
questions. Here are several
telephone numbers that you can call:
Interruptions or Street Lighting Outage.....645-7627
City of Columbus
Department of Public Utilities
Division of Electricity
3500 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43214